1. The manner
in which one bears
or conducts one's self; mien; behavior; carriage. "I know him
2. Patient endurance; suffering without
3. The situation
of one object, with respect
to other, such situation being
supposed to have a connection
with the object, or influence upon
it, or to be influenced by it; hence, relation; connection. "But of this
frame, the bearings and the ties, The strong connections, glorious
4. Purport; importance; intended significance; aspect.
5. The act, strength, or time
of producing or giving birth; as, a wood
bearing; a wood
past bearing. "[His mother] in travail
bearing." (R. Of Gloucester)
6. That part
of any member
of a building which rests upon
its supports; as, a lintel or beam
may have four inches of bearing upon
the wall. The portion of a support on which anything rests.
Improperly, the unsupported span; as, the beam
has twenty foots of bearing
between its supports.
7. The part of an axle or shaft in contact with its support, collar, or boxing; the journal. The part of the support on which a journal rests and rotates.
8. Any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms commonly in the pl. "A carriage covered with armorial bearings." (Thackeray)
9. The situation of a distant object, with regard to a ship's position, as on the bow, on the lee quarter, etc.; the direction or point of the compass in which an object is seen; as, the bearing of the cape was W. N. W. Pl. The widest part of a vessel adown the plank-sheer.
The line of flotation of a vessel when properly trimmed with cargo or ballast. Ball bearings. See Ball. To bring one to his bearings, to bring one to his senses. To lose one's bearings, to become bewildered. To take bearings, to ascertain by the compass the position of an object; to ascertain the relation of one object or seat to other; to ascertain one's position by reference to landmarks or to the compass; hence, to ascertain the condition of things when one is in trouble or perplexity.
Synonym: Deportment, gesture, mien, behavior, manner, carriage, demeanor, port, conduct, direction, relation, tendency, influence.
Source: Websters Vocabulary